Police are expected to record the statement of former media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea, accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, when they get the go-ahead from doctors treating her for a suspected drug overdose.
Indrani, 43, regained consciousness on Sunday and might be sent back to jail in a couple of days. She is “out of danger” and had responded to treatment, doctors at JJ Hospital said.
“Indrani continues to be in a state of consciousness from yesterday. Most probably we may start giving her oral strips for further round of treatment,” TP Lahane, the dean of the state-run hospital, told PTI on Monday.
Sources at the hospital said police might be allowed to question Indrani later in the day if she is in a condition to speak. She is expected to be sent back to jail by Tuesday or Wednesday evening, the sources said.
Lahane said doctors treating Indrani have not permitted police to question her till now.
Indrani was rushed from jail to JJ Hospital in an unconscious state after she allegedly overdosed on anti-depressant pills last week.
Lahane had said on Saturday a test of Indrani’s urine samples at the Hinduja Hospital confirmed that the level of benzodiazepine – an anti-depressant drug – was found to be raised.
Indrani, the wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea, was arrested on August 25 for her alleged role in murdering Sheena Bora, her 24-year-old daughter from an earlier marriage, in 2012. She had passed off Bora as a sister for years.
Bora was allegedly kidnapped from Bandra and strangled to death in a car by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai.
There is still no clarity about the circumstances that led to Indrani’s hospitalisation and Lahane’s remarks on the issue have added to the confusion. He said reports from the government forensic science laboratory showed there was no trace of drugs in Indrani’s body.
But Lahane later said tests by the Hinduja Hospital showed high levels of benzodiazepine in Indrani’s urine samples –2,088 units or 10 times the normal level in a patient who is prescribed the drug.
(With inputs from agencies)